Core Team

Victoria Reyes-García

ICREA Research Professor

ICREA Research Professor and LICCI director

Petra Benyei

Postdoctoral researcher

Rural sociologist interested in the interface between science and technology studies and political agroecology

André Braga Junqueira

Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher interested in ethnoecology, historical ecology and indigenous resource management systems

Mouna Chambon

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist and social scientist interested in gendered perceptions of climate change Impacts.

David García del Amo

Ph.D. researcher

PhD Researcher interested in climate change and Indigenous and kocal knowledge

Xiaoyue Li

Postdoctoral researcher

Applied environmental anthropologist

Laura Calvet-Mir

Research coordinator

Environmental scientist interested in biocultural diversity, agroecology, and political ecology.

Vincent Porcher

Ph.D. researcher

Tropical ecologist interested in ethnobotany and children’s ecological knowledge

Anna Porcuna Ferrer

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental biologist interested in agroecology, ethnobotany, and local ecological knowledge

Anna Schlingmann

Ph.D. researcher

Environmental scientist investigating local climate change impacts and adaptation strategies

Ramin Soleymani

Software engineer

Computer scientist interested in open science, citizen science, environmental activism and art

Ethical Advisor

Michael Schönhuth

(Dr. phil in Cultural Anthropology, 1989, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg i.Br.) is the Ethics Adviser of LICCI. He is a specialist in the field of anthropologically oriented network analysis. Empirically his research focuses on Africa, India, Russia and the Caucasus. His scholarly interests are migration regimes, development anthropology, and the ethical and socio-cultural dimensions of anthropology. He also has strong methodological foundations in the field of network analysis and participatory learning and research approaches.

Research Advisors

Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares Onrubia 

(Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, 2015, Autonomous University of Barcelona) is an ethnoecologist based at the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science, the University of Helsinki, Finland. Most of his research focuses on the study of indigenous and local knowledge systems and the application of biocultural approaches to conservation and climate change adaptation. He has participated in international research projects in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and Madagascar and has conducted more than 25 months of ethnographic fieldwork, mostly with Indigenous communities. He has co-authored over 35 scientific articles and is a Fellow of the IPBES Global Assessment.

Vanesse Labeyrie 

(Ph.D. in Population Biology, 2013, Montpellier SupAgro) is a researcher at the GREEN research unit in CIRAD, Montpellier, working at the interface between agroecology and ethnoecology. Currently, she is a visiting researcher at ICTA-UAB, funded by the French National Research Agency.* In the LICCI project, she is in charge of a thematic group analysing the relations between crop diversity management and climate change. Her research aims to understand how rural populations in the tropics manage plant diversity in agricultural landscapes and how to deal with the spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability of their environment. She is particularly interested in understanding how biological resources and agroecological knowledge circulate through social networks and how the properties of these networks influence agroecosystems’ resilience in the face of global changes. Her current projects are based in diversified agroecosystems in Madagascar and Senegal.

Christoph Schunko

(Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Life Sciences, 2016, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna) is Assistant Professor at the Department for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna. In his research, he focuses on ecological and socio-cultural sustainability of wild plant gathering. He adopts multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives from ethnobotany and organic farming and gained ample experience through working in several projects in European and non-European countries, rural and urban areas and on commercial and non-commercial gathering. In his collaboration with LICCI, he works on local climate-related indicators for wild plant gathering and the impact of a changing climate on gathering practices.

Sonia Graham

(Ph.D. in Sociology, 2012, Charles Sturt University, Australia) is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA). Her research investigates environmental collective action, justice and values. She is passionate about social research methods and teaches a variety of quantitative and qualitative social research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her current project at ICTA is investigating international examples of collective adaptation to sea-level rise. In her collaboration with LICCI, she works on understanding the “bright spots” that show why and how local and indigenous communities adapt to climate change.

Sandrine Gallois

(PhD in Environmental Science and Ethnoecology, 2016, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain and National Museum of Natural History, France) is a ethnoecologist based at Leiden University, Netherlands. Her research focuses mostly on human-environment relations including local ecological knowledge and knowledge acquisition in a context of global changes. She has conducted extensive fieldwork amongst indigenous people in Peru and Cameroon. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, her areas of interest are biocultural diversity, cultural transmission, childhood, ethnobotany, social-ecological systems and science-policy interface.


Johanna Marthe Winkelmann

Is a BA Student in the study program „Studium Individuale“ (Liberal Arts and Education) and Sustainability at Leuphana University, Lüneburg. She is an intern for the development, testing and evaluation of the citizen science platform of LICCI.
In her study, she is interested in ILK (Indigenous Local Knowledge) and how it can promote sustainable development. As an intern for LICCI, she likes to investigate in creative ways to communicate with indigenous people and support the collection of data concerning climate change. She hopes to
use her practical knowledge from abroad experiences with local people in
New Zealand and Mexico.

Marijn Zant

Marijn Zant got intrigued by the link between the physical working of the climate system and the society during her studies in International Land and Water Management with extra courses in Climate Physics at Wageningen University (the Netherlands). She is interested in the societal changes that are needed to cope with climate change and became excited by the LICCI-project for its emphasis on bottom-up governance. She has joined the LICCI- project as an intern and will join the effort of updating and extending the LICCI-database by coding information from related scientific articles on local indicators of climate change impacts. She will also use the opportunity to write her bachelor thesis about local indicators and adaptations of climate change impacts in the field of water security and water resource management.

Previous members

Tracy Appiah, Political Sciences intern, 2020

Guillem Ribó, Social Sciences intern, 2020

Miquel Monés Perderzini, Environmental Sciences intern, 2020

Clara Vadez, LICCI data analysis intern, 2020

Alexandra Castañeda, OpenTEK citizen science platform intern, 2020

Marina Sabaté, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Marta Rallo, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Angelo Fossati, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2020

Irene Martínez Sanesteban, politics intern, 2019-2020

Francesca Lesi, environmental policy intern, 2019-2020

Marzia Panaccione, climate studies intern, 2019-2020

Corinne Drouin, project manager, 2018-2019

Claudia Geffner Fuenmayor, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Ana Lleida Añón, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Elisabet Marcos Furones, social & cultural anthropology intern, 2019

Denise Margaret S. Matias, post-doctoral research fellow, 2018-2019

Konstantina Gravani, doctoral research fellow, 2018